Birds of a feather
Light experiment created after listening to this beautiful piece of music from the Found Songs project by Ólafur Arnalds whilst watching starlings perform aerobatics in the sky. *Such murmurations, as they are called, are a testament to the amazing, complex behaviours that animals are capable of. Until very recently, the beautiful collective movements of starlings have defied rational explanation and scientists are only just beginning to understand how they do it.
The starlings’ displays are so complicated that they are being researched by physicists, aeronautical engineers, mathematicians and computer scientists, as well as biologists. All are keen to reveal their secrets. But with that comes a reminder: that we don’t always need to ask why. Sometimes, maybe we should just sit back and enjoy the show?